Lots of amazing tech news, events, and reviews took place this week, including the announcement of free WiFi in five locations in Lagos state at the just-concluded Google for Nigeria event. Amongst other stories, we have also curated a list of the top searches on Google this week.
So, here is bringing you a summary of all that happened during the week.
Google’s Updates will Deepen Broadband and Smartphone Penetration in Nigeria
At the second edition of the #GoogleForNigeria Event in Lagos Yesterday, Google Nigeria announced some new updates and products geared towards improving users’ experience.
Some of the key announcements yesterday include the launch of a network of free Wi-Fi hotspots called Google Stations in cities across the country. Lots of Nigerians especially Lagosians were happy about the announcement
— Punch Newspapers (@MobilePunch) July 26, 2018
These free public WiFi services, otherwise known as Google Stations would help Google roll-out WiFi hotspots in public places across Nigeria hereby providing access to the Internet to millions.
5 Places you can access free Wifi via Google Station in Lagos:
Ikeja City Mall
The Palms, Lekki
Landmark Center. #GoogleForNigeria
— Ibrahim Salawu (@UnilagOlodo) July 26, 2018
According to Mrs. Ehimuan-Chiazor, the initiative would ease the strain of affordability and access to data as well as help inch towards the broadband penetration goal of the country. Such a good initiative!
Getting Around Lagos Just Got Easier with the AI Bot, Lara.ng
Lara is an artificial intelligence bot that gives you directions via public transportation (Buses, Keke, Taxis, LagBus) to and from anywhere in Lagos.
— Concaholic (@Concaholic) October 30, 2017
Typically, getting to unfamiliar grounds in Lagos would require you asking friends and family members for directions. People who are more tech-savvy ones could use google maps for directions. But in emergency situations, you probably ask from strangers –which is not so comfortable and safe. However, with Lara, users get public transit directions on-demand, 24/7.
Attending #TechpointBuild tomorrow? Don't know how to get there?
Help you get there seamlessly
— Lara.ng (@Laradotng) January 26, 2018
You can head out to Lara.ng to check it out.
Instant Investing Platform, CowryWise Joins YCombinator Accelerator Programme
Nigerian FinTech startup, CowryWise, has joined the prestigious Ycombinator Summer 2018 Batch. With this development, the Fintech has joined a growing list of Nigerian and African start-ups that have participated in the YCombinator startup programme.
Congratulations to @razaqahmed1 and @edwardpopoola as @ycombinator backs @cowrywise to make it easier to save and democratise wealth management for an average African.https://t.co/MaZf1BausC pic.twitter.com/8zvazeZWEF
— microtraction (@microtraction) July 21, 2018
Founded in 2017 by Razaq Ahmed and Edward Popoola, the news comes as a big boost to the innovative startup. CowryWise is a FinTech company that helps its users save their money by investing in high-yield government bonds. Since its creation, the startup has helped to process over $1.5 million for its customers. That’s an impressive feat.
.@razaqahmed1: “This acceptance into YC is a validation of our commitment to our customers while we focus on our goal of bringing wealth management services to young Africans irrespective of their income level.”
— Cowrywise (@cowrywise) July 21, 2018
The startup also receives to support and mentorship from YCombinator’s network of investors, business people, among others.
Android Go, Bringing Smartphones into the Reach of Many
The demand for smartphones in emerging markets like Africa (Nigeria) is on the rise and because of low purchasing power, Android Go comes to the rescue.
Another exciting revelation at the Google for Nigeria event was the announcement that Google is rolling out a feature that reads web pages out loud and highlights each word so you can follow along. The name of the new feature is ” Google Go”.
— Google in Africa (@googleafrica) July 26, 2018
Nigeria’s Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was at the event this afternoon. He delivered an address in which he spoke on “how government leverages on digital to create change”. Professor Osinbajo noted that “all the gaps created by exclusion and inequality can be breached with technology.”
Google shared a lot of exciting updates that will make life better and easier for a lot of people in Nigeria, indeed across Africa.
Top Searches by Nigerians on Google over the Last Week
Also during the week that just ended, some events and happenings made the top-searched list. For instance, most people needed Google’s help to find the NYSC’s website. Owing to this, the portal was one of the top searches by Nigerians over the week.
Nigerians are a curious set of people. On Thursday, there were reports that the world would witness the longest lunar eclipse on 27 July. And of course, Nigerians wanted to know all about it.
The moon will be blood red for nearly 2 hours on Friday night during the longest lunar eclipse of this century. The next one this long doesn't happen until 2123.
(Sadly, it won’t be visible in North America.) pic.twitter.com/liBUy1ueTs
— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 25, 2018
Also, at the start of the week, fake news spread about the death of popular comedian and film actor, Mr. Rowan Atkinson, aka Mr. Bean. Many people went on Google Search to verify the news.
Thanks for Mr @praveenkumar558 to point out that misstep !!
We have deleted the post from our timeline.
If you find it in any newsfeed, we apologize for that inconvenience 🙁 https://t.co/lZ45tCdrGX
— Needhi Murasu (@NeedhiMurasu) July 19, 2018
The search for Dino Melaye also increased once again on Thursday 26 July, following news that he had been kidnapped. Nigerians, of course, want to scoop all the gist on this matter.
— All the News (@FELASTORY) May 21, 2018
Uber Celebrates Its Drivers With The Uber Free Kick Competition
A Lagos-based driver, Mr. Banjo Olayemi, won a brand new car from the ride-hailing service, Uber. The car award is part of the #uberFREEKICK competition, which seeks to encourage Uber drivers to be more committed and excellent at the services they render.
All smiles as our driver-partner Banjo Olayemi wins a brand new car with UberFREEKICK campaign! pic.twitter.com/7hSFIT0HvS
— Uber Nigeria (@UberNigeria) July 27, 2018
The winner, Mr. Banjo was all smiles as he picked up his new car at the Uber Green light Hub, a dedicated support centre for Uber partners in Lagos. “I am very happy to be the winner of the brand new car; I almost didn’t believe it…”
— Uber Nigeria (@UberNigeria) July 26, 2018
The competition began on June 18 and ended on July 15. It ran as a weekly competition, with an overall winner emerging at the end of the competition. Uber also celebrated its partners.
We hope you enjoyed this week’s roundup. Have a great weekend!
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